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Anderson andersonmagazine.com July/August 2019

4th Annual Golden Years Jamboree AnMed Health is Growing Family Medicine

Finding a Balance

between sports and activities


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Graphic Design Jennifer Walker Online Editor Lisa Marie Carter Contributing Writers Caroline Anneaux Liz Carey Lisa Marie Carter Bob Hanley Cindy Jean O’Brien Jay Wright Featured Photographer Van Sullivan Photography Anderson Magazine is published six times a year. Advertising Inquiries:

After Weight Loss Surgery

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706-436-4979 ON THE COVER: Nathan Gasque Learn about this AnMed resident on page 12. Copyright: All contents of this issue ©2019, Anderson Magazine. All rights reserved. No portion of this issue may be reproduced in any manner without prior consent of the publisher. The publishers believe that the information contained in this publication is accurate. However, the information is not warranted, and Anderson Magazine does not assume any liability or responsibility for actual, consequential or incidental damages resulting from inaccurate erroneous information.

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There’s Something about a Uniform

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Tri-County Tech’s New President

Letter from the Editor Summertime and the livin’ is easy! I love summer! As I have mentioned over and over again, I love the freedom my kids have of sleeping in and not having grumpy, early-morning wake up for school; I love that I’m off the hook making daily lunches; I love that we aren’t constantly running to this practice or that game; I love that it’s filled with friends sleeping over, days by the pool and drinks on the deck! You’ll definitely want to pack up this issue in your pool bag for some easy and interesting reading. While we’re still in a summer state of mind, check out the article from AnMed Health on one local person’s weight loss journey. We are often painfully aware of our size during the summer, thanks to swim suits, but weight loss is about so much more than body size. Read about this person’s journey to better health through weight loss surgery. Also, we’re celebrating our senior citizens this summer with the 4th Annual Golden Years Jamboree. This event highlights some talented “senior” performers, has a beautiful and tasty cake competition and offers information booths addressing a plethora of senior needs and interests. Make plans to attend with your favorite seniors on July 24. Details are in the story on page 18. We’re also celebrating the end of an era at Tri County Technical College as Dr. Ronnie L. Booth retired from his position as President on June 30. The college is pleased to announce that Galen DeHay, who served as the senior vice president will take on this position. This school is such an important player in Anderson County, particularly meeting the emerging workforce needs of the Upstate. We wish Dr. Booth all the best and welcome Mr. DeHay as the new President! And for those of you who are particularly partial to furry friends, you’ll enjoy the story on the Anderson County Humane Society. Read about all the good work these folks do to help find homes for pets in need. My kitty recently went on an adventure and ran away from home for a day, and I was a wreck. It is very comforting to know that there are individuals like the good people of the Humane Society who are always on the lookout for lost pets and truly the superheroes of our four-legged friends. Lastly, feast your eyes on our cover story and learn about the Family Residency program at AnMed Health. This educational program offers residency opportunities right here in our own backyard to doctor’s finishing up their requirements of medical school. My friend and fellow Rotarian, Dr. Stoney Abercrombie, brought this program to my attention when he did a presentation to our Rotary Club. I couldn’t wait to share the news of this with the community. Sometimes we just don’t realize what wonderful things we have going on right under our noses! So, if that doesn’t keep you busy, rest easy. There are other great stories to pique your interest in this issue as well! I hope you enjoy the lazy days of summer as much as I do!




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By Cindy Landrum Before he had bariatric surgery at AnMed Health last August, Steve Smith had trouble keeping up with his 6-year-old son. Now he’s training for a triathlon. “Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought I’d be training for a triathlon,” he said. “Before my surgery, I couldn’t keep up with my son. He kept losing out because he wanted to play ball and run around, and I just wanted to sit on the couch.” Smith always battled weight, something he said stemmed from terrible eating habits that began in his childhood. However, he knew he had to make changes if he wanted to see his son Mason grow up. Both of Smith’s parents died in their early 40s. His brother died at 30. “I didn’t want to be like that. The last thing I wanted to do was die and leave my son as a young man without me to guide him through life,” said Smith, who was 39 when he started considering bariatric surgery. “My wife needs me, too.” He decided he had to do something. Diets alone weren’t working, so he Before and after pics show Steve and Brandie Smith’s remarkable talked to his doctor about bariatric transformations following weight-loss surgeries. surgery. After attending a seminar to learn about the different types the heart, the digestive system, the nervous system, of weight-loss surgery offered by AnMed Health emotions. It affects everything.” Piedmont Surgical Associates, Smith decided to have Surgery is only the first step, however. Portion control, a sleeve gastrectomy, also known as a gastric sleeve. healthy foods and exercise are essential to successful During the sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon removes surgery. about 75 percent of the stomach, leaving a narrow “Weight loss surgery is not the easy way out,” said Joy banana-shaped tube, or “sleeve.” The procedure is done Vaughn, AnMed Health bariatric program coordinator. laparoscopically and is not reversible. “It is both physically and mentally one of the most Candidates for sleeve gastrectomy have a body mass challenging things you can do. It is not permanent if index (BMI), which is a formula based on height and you don’t change your lifestyle. You have to be highly weight, of 40 or more, or a BMI over 35 with a significant motivated. You have to want to be healthier.” obesity-related health problem. She said she knows somebody will be successful when Dr. Peter Bechtel, who performed Smith’s surgery, they’ve already changed their diet and started exercising, called obesity a “whole body disease” that is replacing but can’t lose the weight they need. “Steve started long smoking as this generation’s risk to a long life expectancy. before we got involved. We just helped him get over the Bechtel said research has shown that patients who have hump,” she said. bariatric surgery live seven to nine years longer than Smith agreed, saying he doesn’t think he could people with similar profiles who don’t have the surgery. have achieved his weight loss by dieting alone. After “There’s no part of the body that obesity doesn’t his surgery, Smith started walking every day at lunch. affect,” he said. “It affects the brain, the eyes, the lungs, andersonmagazine.com


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Eventually, he started riding a bike and running. He is now working with a triathlon coach and trains six days a week. His workouts vary. One day he might bike 20 miles, another he may go for a 4-mile run or swim 800 yards. His goal for the Tri the Swamp Rabbit event July 20 is to finish before the 2 ½ hour cutoff. “Right now, I pray I finish,” he said. He and his supporters will wear custom-designed shirts that day to spotlight his success. He plans to try to do Andy’s Race, one of South Carolina’s largest triathlons, two weeks later and set a time goal. Dr. Bechtel calls Smith an “absolute icon of what we want” because of the lifestyle changes he and his family have made. Smith’s wife Brandie had bariatric surgery two months after he did and is also doing well. Dr. Bechtel said there are a lot more “Steves” out there that would benefit from weight loss surgery. “Another Steve needs to hear his story,” he said. Smith said he wants to serve as inspiration for people who were in his shoes a year ago. “It has been completely life-changing. I always thought I would be stuck being fat, that I’d never be able to do this. But once you get your mind right, there’s dang near nothing you can’t do,” he said. To learn more about AnMed Health weight-loss surgery options, please visit http://anmedhealth. org/WeightLoss. If you are considering weight loss

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AnMed Health is Growing Fa By Caroline Anneaux

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nMed Health began its Family Medicine Residency Program in 1975. Dr. James Halford was the founder of the program and very excited about bringing newly graduated medical school students to the Anderson area. His goal was to provide Anderson and the surrounding counties with welltrained family care physicians. “We have had 343 graduates [since 1978] and 50 of those are practicing medicine right here in the Anderson area,” said Dr. Matt Cline, both a graduate of the program and its fourth director. “Out of the 343 graduates, approximately 280 are still practicing and 140 of those are in South Carolina.” Cline said the program’s goal is to bring medical school graduates to the Anderson area for their last few years of training. The focus is on grooming outstanding family physicians who want to provide “cradle-to-grave care, right here in the Upstate.” Dr. Cline’s enthusiasm is evident when he discusses the program, which has 33 residents at a time. “We use the internet to market to medical school students in the fall of their fourth year,” said Dr. Cline. “We also attend national and local recruiting events every year. Out of 600 applications, we interview 90 and ultimately choose 11 for our program.” The program lasts three years. Considering the fact that so few residents are accepted each year, it is not unusual for them to feel like family. They work up to 80 hours a week – a lot of time spent with colleagues! Dr. Lara Smith graduated from the Family Medicine Residency Program in June. She is in the Navy and recently moved to Washington state to serve but plans to return to the Anderson area after she completes her time in the service. “The first year is loaded with hours,” said Dr. Smith. “Residents rotate through the ER, OB-GYN, clinic and inpatient pediatrics and some other areas too. During the second year, residents meet a lot of their requirements and see less pediatrics and OB-GYN patients but do a lot more outpatient work.” By the time the residents reach their third and final year of residency, they do a lot of teaching of the firstand second-year students. “Teaching has been my favorite,” said Dr. Smith. “As third-year students, we learn so much when we have to make sure what we are teaching the students is correct. Our staff physicians are right there backing us up and making it a very safe learning environment for everyone.” Dr. Nathan Gasque, from Florence, South Carolina, is a second-year resident. “As a post-grad student in the AnMed program, I feel like we are never rushed or overlooked by the staff,” said Dr. Gasque. “The residents chosen as a part of this program immediately feel like part of the family at AnMed Health. We get a very up-close and personal look at the staff members in action and that equates to plenty of individualized hands-on training as opposed to standing around in a


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large group setting observing staff members doing their jobs.” Dr. Gasque went to medical school in Greenville and chose the family residency program at AnMed Health to stay close to home. “I heard so many great things from my supervisors and mentors about AnMed as I was finishing up my medical school years in Greenville,” said Dr. Gasque. “I did a short internship here at AnMed during medical school and went to the local recruiting conference in Columbia to hear more about the program. I plan to stay here in the Upstate after graduation next year.” AnMed Health also participates in a program with the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Twelve students in their third and fourth years of medical school rotate through AnMed Health each year. Three or four of those students will eventually look for primary care jobs and are encouraged to come back to this area to practice after they graduate. Another interesting aspect of the residency program is the way residents are encouraged to travel out of the country and give their time in overseas clinics. The program is often able to help fund these missions. The ideas is for the residents to bring back the knowledge and compassion needed to work in free clinics here in the states, go on future mission trips and even open their own medical facilities in areas across the nation that are medically underserved. Dr. James Halford’s vision of a training program for primary care physicians is still going strong, almost 45 years later.

“As a post-grad student in the AnMed program, I feel like we are never rushed or overlooked by the staff,” said Dr. Gasque.

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Student Volunteer Opportunities

College Volunteer Opportunities For those interested in pursuing a career in health care, volunteering is an excellent way to experience a hospital setting and explore career options within the medical field. AnMed Health offers a variety of opportunities for college students both with and without direct patient interaction. Although opportunities vary based on current needs, assignments are generally available in the following areas: • • • • •

Emergency Room Neuroscience Falls Prevention Infection Prevention Radiation Oncology

Volunteer requirements: • College volunteers, like adult volunteers, are expected to commit to volunteering once a week for at least six months. • To complete an application, visit AnMedHealth.org/Volunteer

Please note, this program is not designed as a physician-shadowing opportunity, nor do we provide opportunities to view surgical procedures.



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Countybank is pleased to welcome Amy Whitney as Retail Banking Sales Manager. Whitney comes to Countybank with more than 16 years in the financial services industry. Whitney’s prior banking expertise includes operational accuracy, retail and commercial credit analysis, sales strategies, branch management, and training experience. She previously served in retail services, business development, and commercial loan positions at BB&T. Whitney attended the BB&T Banking School at Wake Forest and has an Associate of Science Business Administration degree from Southern Wesleyan University. Whitney also comes to Countybank with community involvement experience across the Anderson area, including Leadership Anderson, the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, and Business Advancement Committee. This complements Countybank’s mission to serve the community through volunteer work and financial donations throughout the year. “Amy’s background and knowledge make her an ideal candidate for this pivotal role at Countybank,” says Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Countybank. “She will be an important member of the team as Countybank continues to grow and provide its retail banking customers with exceptional, personalized products and a consistent, high level of service.”


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Friday, July 12, 6:00 pm, Art Gallery on Pendleton Square will feature small demonstrations by gallery members, Cindy Hart, Marty Bynum, and Sharon Jones. 150 Exchange Street, Pendleton Phone 864-221-0129. FREE event. For more information, visit artgalleryps.org, or facebook. com/agpendletonsquare. Saturday, July 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Anderson Mall, Beat the Heat, Savor iced treats for all ages and immerse yourself in the spirit of summer camp-inspired games, activities and entertainment that any age will enjoy. FREE event. Tickets available on Anderson Mall Facebook page or Eventbrite. Check-in will be in the Belk Court. Saturday, July 13, 27, and August 10, and 24, 10:30 am, The Local Pub and Eatery Morning Yoga and Mimosas LakeSide. Classes instructed by yoga instructors from Glam Beauty Bar and Spa and is for all levels. Held on back lawn at The Local. Complimentary mimosa after class. Tickets available on Eventbrite. Monday, July 15 – Wednesday July 17, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Agricultural Museum of South Carolina Summer Camps at the AG Museum , STEM, $10 per day, Ages 6-12, *Age 5 okay with an eligible siblings To register or for more information contact Ellen Harrison: ellen@crownofthecarolinas.org or 864-207-0705.

Tuesday, July 16 and August 20, 6:30 pm, Kitchen Emporium, Stress Relief Wine Tasting, Cost is $25. Reservations with payment required. Call (864) 225-2021. Thursday, July 25, Anderson Arts Center’s Wine Series. The Carnegie Building at 405 North Main. You’ll enjoy a little taste of history in this building originally constructed in 1908 as a Carnegie Library. Now home to the Arts Center’s Permanent Collection, you’ll sample summer-appropriate wines surrounded by historical columns, beautiful fireplaces, and fine artwork. Tickets $40 at www. AndersonArts.org or 864-222-2787. Saturday, July 27, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Anderson Mall, Healthy Blue’s Back-to-School Block Party, Healthy Blue South Carolina will be at Anderson Mall with stuffed backpacks for the first 1000 children, live entertainment, health tips, refreshments, giveaways, resources, wellness information and much more all in a fun and safe environment. Free event. They are also partnering with United Way for Stuff the Bus at this event. Saturday, August 3, 7:00 pm, Anderson Main Library Trivia Night Play trivia after hours at the Library with food and beer from Growler Haus. Benefitting the Friends of the Anderson County Library. For ticket information, call 260-4500 x107 or email friends@andersonlibrary.org. Tuesday, August 6, 3:30 pm, Anderson Main Library DIY Terrariums Teens can create custom terrariums with Donna Lebrun from City Seed at the Station. Ages 12-18, materials provided. Register by emailing teens@andersonlibrary.org or calling 260-4500 x114.



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18th annual Concert of Hope & Remembrance! Saturday, September 14th • 7pm Boulevard Baptist Church Tickets: $25 per person.

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Friday, August 9, 6:00 pm, Art Gallery on Pendleton Square will feature well known Greenville artist Carole Tinsley. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments 1-50 Exchange Street, Pendleton. FREE event Phone 864-2210129. For more information, visit artgalleryps. org, or facebook.com/agpendletonsquare. Friday, August 9, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Anderson Mall, Teacher Appreciation Night. Filled with entertainment, giveaways, fashion, and tasty treats to honor our county’s teachers before they head back into the classroom. Check in at 5:30 pm is free to teachers. Saturday, August 10, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Anderson Mall, Back to School Bash, Stop by for back to school crafts, games and more. Free event. They will also have a 300-backpack giveaway and another round of Stuff the Bus with the United Way. Saturday, August 10, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, McFalls Landing on Broadway Lake, Friends of Broadway Lake Family Day, Carolina Show Ski Team, cardboard boat races, food, games for kids. Free! Go to Friends of Broadway Lake Facebook page for more information. Wednesday, August 14, 3:00 pm, Anderson Main Library - Create with Canva. Learn to create posters, flyers, and graphics with the free online tool Canva. To register or for more information, email adultprograms@andersonlibrary.org. Saturday, August 24 6:30 p.m., Anderson Arts Center, 37th Annual Art Auction & Garden Party. Envision elegantly casual outfits, refreshing summer beverages and music under the lights in an open-air pavilion, and of course, great artwork! Tickets at www.AndersonArts.org or 864-222-2787.

4th Annual Golden Years Jamboree

In 1978, Jo Brown decided that she wanted to stage a variety entertainment program designed to bring songs and laughter to the lives of Anderson County senior citizens. The program was launched as the Golden Years Jamboree and it was highlighted by talented performers and appearances by local politicians seeking approval (and votes) from their constituents. As a 23-year old, newly-elected city council member, I proudly took my seat on the stage of the old Anderson Recreation Center on Murray Avenue. I vividly remember the late Pat Harris admitting to the attendees that he was so old, he no longer purchased “green bananas” at the grocery store! A tradition was born that afternoon and it remained a highlight on the calendar of senior citizen events until 1993. Unfortunately, the universe of senior activities lost the leadership and enthusiasm of Jo Brown when she succumbed to cancer, but she left one special gift….a daughter to pick up the baton and continue the march toward senior inclusion in Anderson County. As the Executive Director of the Jo Brown Senior Citizens Center, Kelly Jo Brown Barnwell had a dream to restore the Golden Years Jamboree to Anderson County’s roster of events. In 2016, that dream became a reality! The location was moved to the Anderson Civic Center and the entertainment remained the foundation of the event, but many more wrinkles were added. We now have beautiful cakes prepared by local bakers, corporate sponsors who allow the jamboree to make significant donations to the Cancer Association of Anderson, and recognition of people who truly commit their endeavors to bettering our community for our seniors. This year’s edition of the “GYJ” will be July 24th beginning at 9:30 a.m. You will want to circle that date andersonmagazine.com

on your calendar and be in attendance. There will be something for everyone! Oh….about that 23-year old council member from 1978??? He will be celebrating his 65th birthday later this year and he is not only the Master of Ceremony for the event, he is a full-fledged member of the senior community! Time flies when you are having fun! See you on July 24th!

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Finding a Balance between sports and activities

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With children heading back to school, parents are opening up their… calendars. Managing children’s sports and other after-school activities can mean hours hauling kids to practices, meetings, church events and play rehearsals. As exhausting as it is for parents, it can be just as exhausting for kids, according to some experts. Too many activities and extra-curricular sports for kids can lead to stress, depression, and worse. According to the American College of Pediatricians, too many scheduled activities can be detrimental to kids’ mental health. Daniel Harmon, author of “Frequently Asked Questions about Overscheduling and Stress,” said, “When you try to cram it all in, day after day, high stress can result.” Additionally, more time spent in activities is directly related to higher levels of anxiety. When parents schedule too many activities, children don’t learn how to entertain themselves, and find even activities they previously liked to do become unpleasant. Children who spend their early years going back and forth to activities may find themselves burned out as they become teenagers. There’s a flip side, though. Renee Porter and Mary Lewis, staff members with the Anderson County Board of Education, provide mental health counseling at area schools. Porter, who works in Williamston-based Anderson School District One, and Lewis, who works in Iva-based Anderson School District Three, said scheduled activities can be a leg up as well as a safety net for kids. Parents often schedule activities after school to help build a child’s resumé for when it comes to life after high school graduation, Lewis said. “Some of the things parents are trying to do is get them involved in things that will help them when they apply for college,” she said. “They are trying to build those resumés now much earlier than in the past. But that is because getting into college is much more competitive than it was in the past.” For other students, scheduled activities – like afterschool care or extra-curricular activities at school – provide help for working parents and parents in rural areas. “Sometimes, you have both parents working. In that case, after-school activities are necessary to keep the child from being home alone,” Lewis said. “In other cases, the child may live out in the country. They may be quite a good distance away from their nearest neighbor, and that neighbor may not have kids for them to play andersonmagazine.com

with. In those cases, unstructured play at home isn’t an option.” The key, Lewis and Porter said, is finding the right balance for the child. “Having nothing for them to do is not good,” Porter said. “But having too much scheduled can be exhausting. The key is to find a balance that works for the child and for your family.” Both counselors recommend that parents schedule activities that the child is interested in and not push them into things they may not like. 20

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“My daughter was a competitive gymnast. Her drive pushed her to compete and to participate in the sport,” said Porter. “But she’s coaching now, and nothing drives her crazy more than when the kids don’t want to be there. It’s important that the child wants to participate and wants to be a part of the activity.” It’s also important to trust your child to know how much is too much. “Parents should be taking cues from their kid,” Porter said. “If they seem stressed or exhausted, if it’s affecting their academic performance, parents need to step back and see if the child is doing too much.” Scheduling activities for one member of the family can impact the lives of all the other members of the family, Lewis and Porter said. Running to practices, sitting through games or watching a big brother or little sister participate in an activity may put additional strains on a sibling. “One way to manage that is to have family meetings so you can discuss things and find that structure,” Porter said. “You can do it weekly at the dinner table, or whenever it’s convenient for your family. It’s important for the family to communicate.” And bringing in other family members will help them feel as if they are a part of the activities. “Making them part of the process helps other children who may not be as involved,” Lewis said. “It may help them figure out what they want to do and help them to communicate how they are feeling.” Scheduled afterschool activities can help boost self-esteem, promote organizational skills and teach children how to manage their time. But too many activities can be less beneficial for students, leading to stress, depression and anxiety. Parents need to strike that balance to ensure their children get the benefits of scheduled activities, but none of the drawbacks. andersonmagazine.com

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Love You to the moon & back By Cindy Jean O’Brien

July 20, 1969 is a day in history our country will not soon forget. Neil Armstrong stepped from the lunar module, Apollo 11, onto the surface of the moon, the first man to accomplish such a feat. His words from space, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” have reverberated through history, reminding us of the extraordinary results of man’s ability to do the seemingly impossible. Words have the power to mold a life, a family, a nation, when processed through the lens of serving the greater good. In 1969, our country was in a period of turmoil with the Vietnam War raging on the other side of the world; our young men were dying for a cause not yet established. The assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., left Americans in a cauldron of sorrow, anger, and unrest. The timing of the flight of Apollo 11 was especially important. As a nation, we needed a reason to hope for a better world. Commander Armstrong, along with astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, delivered hope from outer space. That same day, a baby girl entered the world, 60 miles from the Kennedy Space Center. At 8:25 p.m., Baby Brown was born at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her dad, Paul Brown, a newscaster for WESH-TV, Channel 2, was covering the historic event at the Kennedy Space Center. Nearly 2 ½ hours old at the time of the moon walk, the baby was named Kelly Jo Neil Brown by Paul Brown and his wife Jo. Her middle name was given in honor of Commander Neil Armstrong. The foundation for a life of service lay in the name she received on that momentous night. Kelly Jo’s growing up years were filled with special celebrations and shared memories of her birth and the historic events surrounding that July night. She was introduced to Neil Armstrong through her


dad’s contacts, and felt a kinship to the man who made her birthday famous. Even at a young age, she seemed to grasp the importance of Apollo 11, and the words spoken when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon. As milestones were reached through the years, Kelly Jo’s parents were faithful to photograph their daughter with Apollo 11 memorabilia in the background. As an adult, she’s followed the same path as her namesake, giving selflessly to others for the common good through service to her family, church, and community. Just as Neil Armstrong was a pioneer who led the way for much of the technology we value today, Kelly Jo followed in the footsteps of her mom, the late Jo Brown. An advocate for senior citizens of Anderson County, Jo lived a life of service, setting an example for her daughter of selflessness for the greater good. Kelly Jo continues to champion the value of seniors, creating a legacy of her own. On July 20, 2019, our nation will celebrate 50 years since the famous words were uttered. When asked what wisdom she could offer from sharing a birthday with the first walk on the moon and Neil Armstrong’s words, Kelly Jo Neil Brown Barnwell exclaimed, “This Neil has been doing her very best to make daily small steps matter for mankind. It’s what my mom did and what I shine for everyday.” Her namesakes would be proud.


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By Katy Brown Glymph Raw, without our adornment. Cracked, speckled, dirty. They meet our eyes, tickle our bare feet Offering simple beauty, reminding us Whatever we create cannot compare.

Spring proved to be a busy time for Anderson area poets. The Anderson County Library System published its anthology by 59 poetry contest entrants, Sixth Annual Poetry Contest; Anderson University published Volume 94 of Ivy Leaves: Journal of Literature and Art which contained thirteen selected poems by writing students; Foothills Writers Guild held its Spring Writing Contest and the works of the winning poets will be published in its 2020 yearbook. Two poetry anthologies were launched by local poets: Breathings of my Heart by Cindy Jean O’Brien and Foothills Reflections by Jay Wright. Poetry writing classes are available at the Lifelong Learning Institute at Anderson University and at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University. The Foothills Writers Guild meets at the Anderson Arts Center. For info see www. scwritersconnection.com.

Solitary, taking shape on their own: Bulky, jagged, flat. They intrigue us with imperfect patterns Showing large is as beautiful as small, Rough-to-touch as pleasurable as smooth. Confident, comfortable in their spaces: Cold rivers, dry lands, tall mountains. They place themselves in our path Stumbling us often, yet steadying us, too, Remaining long after we have passed.

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Road Trippin’ By Lisa Marie Carter

As you prepare for a road trip you probably go down a mental checklist of things you need to do. We thought it may be helpful to have an actual checklist of basics and some ideas to make the road trip a bit more fun for all. First, we’ll start with the basics and then move on to some fun and helpful tips. If you decide to take your own car, get a quick onceover about a week or so before you plan to hit the road. If you have the time and knowledge, you can do this yourself. If not, take it to a garage for a professional checkup:

to keep everyone happy. Consider extra headphones for the kids and passengers to listen to and/or watch what they like. Look into some must-have apps. Get them downloaded on a phone as, in the name of safety, some states don’t allow a driver to use hand-held devices. The Waze app is perfect for avoiding traffic pile-ups and bad congestion, giving you an alternate route from interstates and major highways. Another helpful app is iExit, which can be a sanity saver when you are trying to find your closest caffeine fix or a specific bank, a certain hotel or even your favorite food place. It notifies you of upcoming exits and lists everything you can find off the exits. You can also type in a specific business and it will find you the closest upcoming one. Of course, you don’t want to be stopping every hour or so, so be sure and pack a variety of snacks. Another way to keep everyone in the car happy is to bring a blanket or two. Passengers don’t always agree on the optimal temperature, and the person sitting closest to the air conditioning vent may get cold far before someone in the back seat does. A blanket can go far toward keeping all passengers comfortable. Hopefully these tips were helpful in planning and enjoying your next road trip. Check out our online article about road tripping with your pet to get some great tips on making your next adventure with your four-legged pal the best one yet!

• Check tire pressure • Check tire tread • Check oil and change if needed • Check all fluids (wipers, coolant, brake, etc.) • Check and clean filters • Check windshield wipers and replace if needed

Next, clean the car. I love a clean car, and for a road trip, it’s really a must. Throw away all the old mail, power bar wrappers, etc. to clear the clutter. You will need all the space you can muster for items you will need on the road. Pack your safety supplies. Get a hammer escape tool that can shatter a car window and cut through a seat belt if needed. Jumper cables, a flashlight and a multi-charger plug to keep everyone’s phones and other devices working are also essential. Pack a first-aid kit, either one you have bought fully stocked or one you put together yourself. Include Band-aids, aspirin, antiseptic and stomach remedies. Once the vehicle and safety supplies are taken care of, you can concentrate on some helpful and fun tips to make the trip more enjoyable. Download music. A variety is best, so you are sure andersonmagazine.com


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The Time of Her Life By Jay Wright

I sat on Kathryn Smith’s patio, sipping my coffee in disbelief. How could it possibly have been three years – almost to the day – that we sat in eCity Java enjoying our morning coffee while talking about her upcoming book, The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency. Her latest book, Gertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Heiress, Explorer, Socialite, Spy, published by Evening Post Books, is scheduled for release on August 15. With pen in hand, my spiral notebook and her dog in my lap, her cat by my side, and birds singing in the morning air, our “catching up” visit got underway.

to travel with me. We shared the adventures of going where Gertie went and doing many of the things she had done.” Okay, what’s so special about Gertie, and why did you decide to write about her? “Gertie lived almost the entire 20th century – and was it ever a life full of adventure, fun, hijinks, and drama! She was born in Aiken, South Carolina in 1902 and died in 2000 on a plantation near Charleston. She partied with the Fitzgeralds, the Murphys, and Harpo Marx on the French Riviera back in the 1920s. She was daring, taking many challenging big game hunting expeditions to Africa, India, Iran and Southeast Asia for natural history museums. Gertie was the only woman on these expeditions. She befriended Dr. Albert Schweitzer, General George S. Patton, Lilly Pulitzer, and Bing Crosby. “Gertie served her country during WWII by working for the OSS – the original American spy agency – first in Washington then later in London. In 1944 she was moved to Paris and given a uniform identifying her as a second lieutenant. She was the first American woman in uniform held as a POW by the Germans during the war.

So, what’s it been like for Kathryn Smith, the writer, these last three years since The Gatekeeper? “I’ve had the time of my life. I’ve given over 250 talks; co-authored three Missy LeHand Mystery series novels with my good friend, Kelly Durham; and traveled to Charleston, New York, Paris, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. All that exciting travel involved doing research for my latest book on Gertie. And the best part was that my husband Leo was able

“In her later years, Gertie wrote two books and became an ardent conservationist, fighting for habitat preservation on the South Carolina coast. She left her 7,000-acre plantation, Medway, in a conservation easement. “I wrote about Gertie because she was a strong, fearless woman. Although she was a widow over half her life, she continued to seek new adventures and enjoy her life to the fullest. My book covers her entire life.” andersonmagazine.com


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Gertie and Missy LeHand, the subject of your 2016 book, were both strong women. How were they different? “Totally different in their personalities and how they lived their lives. Missy’s fame and importance are the result of her association with someone else: President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was generally described as reserved and selfless. Gertie’s fame and importance, however, are the result of her own zest for travel and adventure. She was the opposite of reserved and selfless! “This made writing their stories very different experiences, too. My research on Missy took me mostly to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York and to his ‘Little White House’ in Georgia. I also visited some of Missy’s relatives for interviews. “Gathering research on Gertie involved mostly going to places where she had lived and traveled. We visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York City where rare specimens of animals that she had killed are on display. We stayed at the hotel where she was kept while a POW. We visited the train station in Konstanz, Germany, where Gertie began her escape to freedom in Switzerland. I also did lots of interviews with Gertie’s surviving family and friends.”

How long did it take you to research and write “Gertie?” “It took me about a year.” Before I ask for a warmup on the coffee, what’s next for the author who’s having the time of her life? “I am researching a book about the women of Prohibition -- those who fought for it, the woman who enforced it for the Justice Department, and the women who fought to repeal it.” Check Kathryn’s website www.kathrynsmithwords. com for updates on Gertie and where to purchase all her books.

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There’s Something about a Uniform

By Bob Hanley


n several Anderson County high schools, students in grades 9-12 can participate in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, where they may not only wear the uniform of their respective branch but also gain academic enrichment, leadership skills, and college scholarship opportunities. The JROTC program developed first as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and was later expanded through the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act. The mission of the program is important: “to instill in students the value of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” Here in Anderson County, T.L. Hanna High School was the first to take advantage of this mandate. In 1967, the school started its Navy JROTC program and welcomed a class of 175 cadets. An Air Force Junior ROTC program was established at Belton-Honea Path High School in 1972. Westside High School added the Army JROTC program in 1979. Later, high schools at Palmetto and Pendleton began offering Air Force JROTC, with Wren High School becoming another site for Navy JROTC. These programs average over 100 participants per school each year with about an equal number of male and female students. According to Lt. Col. (Ret.) Percy Dingle at BeltonHonea Path High School, “many students sign up for the program to get their physical exercise credit needed andersonmagazine.com

for graduation.” Such programs also provide much more thorough academic enrichment. In Westside High School’s Army JROTC program, LTC Mark Perry noted that over a four-year period, “students will cover over 190 subjects in the curriculum.” Lt. Col. Dingle listed courses, such as the “Science of Flight,” that give students insights into the history of flying. Other topics include finance, wellness, national security, and citizenship. Along with academics, the JROTC program focuses on developing life skills, promoting wellness, and instilling within students a pride in their country and a commitment to service. To accomplish these goals, students follow a rigorous, yet engaging, schedule. Jessica Webb of Westside High School observed how quickly students embrace the weekly routine. “On Monday and Tuesday,” she said, “we spend 45 minutes working through the leadership lessons, then the last 45 minutes practicing drills. On Wednesday, we have team-building exercises through activities like the human pyramid. Thursday is dress uniform day where we undergo inspections for proper dress. We all look 28

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forward to Friday, our physical training day, when we practice the mile run or play a sport.” These experiences help students prepare for cadet academic challenges and physical fitness competitions.

After the school day, JROTC cadets participate in a variety of community service projects. At T.L. Hanna, CDR. (Ret.) Randy Smith described how students assisted at the National Health Care nursing facility with the Valentine’s Party. Dressed in their uniforms, cadets were a big hit with the residents, who enjoyed sharing stories and dancing with these younger partners. Cadets also participate in road clean-ups and recycling activities. Braydon Couch of BHP said he “enjoys helping the community through the food and clothing drives sponsored through JROTC.” Lt. Col. (Ret.) Mike Creamer praised his Palmetto High School AF ROTC unit for earning the Silver Star for Community Service with Excellence award for the fifth consecutive year. JROTC students provide other services. Color guard units from various high schools take part in the opening convocation for District Five schools each year. In addition, the Color guards are called into duty for Veterans Day and Memorial Day programs, as well as athletic events.

Because of this wide range of opportunities and experiences, student identify many benefits gained through JROTC programs. Jessica Webb of Westside observed that “the program builds teamwork skills that are important for both a career and for life.” Tyler Barnes of BHP stated, “I learned how important everyone is in our group. No matter how small a role, everyone counts.” Madison Karls of Westside “appreciates how the program helps us to grow as leaders and improve communication skills.” Braydon Couch of BHP highlighted “the sense of pride we have in our group; it’s just a great family.” These students echo the sentiments of many cadets who value greatly what they gain through JROTC. This year a small number of seniors in each program (perhaps two or three) will take advantage of JROTC scholarships for college with a commitment to the military. Their JROTC credits may also give them an early pay boost. However, the vast majority of graduates will choose other career options. Still they realize, because of the JROTC experience, they will take with them both valuable skills and lifetime friends. Most importantly, they will always be part of the JROTC family.

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Look across the Upstate, and you’ll find numerous shelters for abandoned and homeless pets, but few are quite like the Anderson County Humane Society. ACHS is a private, not-for-profit, 501c3 animal welfare group with a board of directors that is 100 percent volunteer-run. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of animals in the Anderson County area. To the surprise of many people, the ACHS does not maintain a shelter. (Anderson County operates one called PAWS). Instead it operates a low-cost spay and neuter clinic at 407 Pearman Dairy Road. Even though ACHS does not have a hands-on shelter, the charity does have some relinquished animals that its volunteers keep and try to find adopted homes for. When asked what the importance of no-kill shelters is, Wanda Crane, ACHS president/clinic director, responded, “Typically, the animals that come into local shelters are usually thrown away: dumped, left to stray, abused, fighting animals, old dogs or cats surrendered by owners to die, pregnant animals, puppies and kittens and on and on. All animal advocates support and try to get no-kill shelters established because just breeding and killing animals is not ethical and only demonstrates the lack of empathy in the current culture.” Crane added, “We at ACHS will only consider euthanasia as a last resort for animals with terminal disease or suffering intractable pain.” Fostering plays a huge part in saving the animals that ACHS takes in, becoming a lifeline for animals. The volunteer staff places the animals in foster homes that are suited to their specific needs. The ACHS can provide food and medical care for the fostered animals, and the goal is to ultimately get the animal adopted, or, if needed, take it back to the clinic. Crane stresses “ This is an extremely important part of the ACHS program because it keeps animals out of cages

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and helps cut down diseases that animals may spread to each other. Unfortunately, many wonderful animals must be turned away due to the limited cages in the clinic and the limited number of foster homes.” Anyone interested in being a foster can go into the clinic, fill out a foster application and let the staff know what animals you are willing to foster and how long you can keep the animal. “ The goal of fostering is to keep the foster animals healthy, socialize them, and ultimately make them desirable pets for adoption.” says Crane. Along with feeding their foster animals and those at the clinic, the ACHS also assists pet owners who may have had a recent financial hardship by giving them food so that they are not forced to surrender their pet due to being unable to provide for it. Since ACHS is not a division of local government, it completely relies on donations from animal lovers across the Upstate and raising money via donations and fund raisers. Currently their biggest fundraisers are the Furball in October and a golf tournament that took place June 1. When asked what the humane society meant to Kelly Koonce, vice president of operations/fundraisers, she summed it up quite simply; “It means I am contributing to the welfare and well-being of the animals of Anderson County, something my father, I am proud to say, guided me towards.”

To learn more about the Anderson County Humane Society, how you can help or to get more information on an upcoming event, check out its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AndersonHumane or website, http://www.achsonline.com

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Meet our New Online Editor & Social Media Director for Anderson Magazine

We are pleased to welcome Lisa Marie Carter in her new position as Online Editor and Social Media Director for Anderson Magazine. Lisa Marie began her career with Anderson Magazine from the very start of our publication as a freelance writer. She started her career in publishing in 1996 for a national magazine based in New Jersey. Continuing in publishing, she worked for various publications located across the US and has enjoyed experiencing several positions in the publishing world such as Editor in Chief, Associate Publisher and Marketing Manager. “What I enjoy most about being in publishing is that it’s always something new,” said Carter. “Each issue brings new challenges, new articles and topics to explore and learn about, and that, to me, is what makes working in publishing exciting and fun. I am looking forward to adding to our ever-growing Facebook page, Instagram and our other social media accounts. By adding some fun and informative articles to our website we’re going to be able to cover more events and bring you a wider selection of articles to read. We can also continue articles that may have had too much information to fit in our print edition to our online presence, and add updated information that may have taken place after we went to press. This will all complement and enhance our print edition.” Share your thoughts with Lisa Marie regarding articles you’d like to see online, suggestions for upcoming stories and if you would like to contribute photos or stories. Contact her at: lisamarie@andersonmagazine.com.

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Meet Your Peoples Bank Family

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Galen DeHay Named Tri-County Technical College’s Next President

Galen DeHay Galen DeHay, the senior vice president on Tri-County Technical College’s executive leadership team for the past four years, will become the College’s fourth president July 1. He will succeed Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, who has served as President since 2003. Dr. Booth announced last September he will retire June 30. As Senior Vice President, DeHay has provided leadership for all academic, student support, enrollment, and workforce development functions of the College. Under his direction, the College has developed manufacturing and health care pathways (I-BEST programs) for high school and nontraditional student populations. He co-developed and implemented a business and industry relations model that improved the College’s ability to meet emerging workforce needs andersonmagazine.com


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and designed an integrated workforce solution structure that integrates non–credit and credit programming to meet workforce needs. In collaboration with College staff, DeHay created partnerships with Adult Education that resulted in the formation of a state model educational pathway between adult education and technical colleges. He previously served as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness. At Tri-County, he taught Biology for 11 years and served as Science Department Head for four years before accepting an administrative post as Director of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness in 2012. He joined the College in August of 1999. Recently, he was among the 40 leaders nationwide selected by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program to join the 2019-2020 class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. This highly selective leadership program is aimed at preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success, both in college and in the labor market. He is the 2007 recipient of TriCounty’s Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence, and that same year he was named the S.C. Governor’s Professor of the Year for two-year institutions. In 2013 he was named Tri-County’s Administrator of the Year at the South Carolina Technical Education Association conference. DeHay holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clemson University and is a Dissertation Candidate toward a Ph.D. from Clemson University.


with President-Elect Galen DeHay Q Twenty years ago, when you taught your first biology class at Tri-County, did you

see yourself as a lifelong educator, or did you have aspirations to one day be a college president? I’ve never had a long-term career plan. Instead, I’ve focused on work that energizes me and allows me to make a difference. It’s the work I have focused on that guided me on my career path. I learned early on, as an educator, that students are what’s important. My work to help them to achieve their potential energized me, whether I am delivering a course, finding new programs to help them achieve success, or working with business and industry partners to do that. It’s all through the lens of helping students achieve success. Being president of Tri-County is another way to do that. I always go after a challenge because it allows me to grow.


Q You’ve been an instructor and an administrator at the College since 1999.

What has kept you at Tri-County? Tri-County has always been a place that supports people with ideas to develop and deliver on those ideas. This College has always been accepting of people trying out those new ideas. We’ve always had a focus on doing the right thing for students and our community. We put students first and we put people first.


Q As President, what will be your priorities over the next year? Tri-County is a high-performing institution and we will build on our successes, A

with a renewed focus on student success and a new focus on economic mobility -helping individuals grow in their careers and in life. I want to help students to realize their potential. When they do that, then that is our success. Our priorities also include working with K-12 and business and industry to be successful by creating even stronger, more intentional partnerships with them.

Q You’re a first-generation college student and like many students at Tri-County,

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Tri-County Technical College 1. More than 70 majors 2. Lowest Tuition in Upstate 3. Highest Success Rate among State’s 16 Technical Colleges 4. Ranked in Top 5% Nationally for Successful Transfer 5. Nearly 80% of Students Receive Financial Assistance and Scholarships

you worked to support yourself as an undergrad at Clemson while juggling studies and commitments. How does Tri-County stand out in terms of strategies to help students feel invested and empowered?

6. 19:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

them for jobs. We deliver education and training – and a student experience. That helps them to achieve their goals. As an undergraduate, Clemson exposed me to those kinds of experiences, and I became aware of potential I didn’t realize I had. At Tri-County, we create and deliver on those experiences. It’s a coordinated effort by faculty and staff, with support from administration in collaboration with the community. We all do it together. That’s what makes us stand out. Delivering that kind of experience gets students ready for a career – and for life.

8. Co-ops and Internships Allow You to Learn While You Earn

I always ask, ‘will it make a difference for our students?’ We don’t just train A

Q What is Tri-County Technical College’s biggest asset? Its people. The people we hire believe in the mission and vision of the College. A That makes all the difference in our programs, strategies, and services.We have one of the highest faculty/student interaction rates in the nation. And that’s just one example of how we make a difference.We more than care-we are invested. It’s a very personal way to deliver education. andersonmagazine.com


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Summer trips mean I can expect to stop on the side of the road and get some amazing boiled peanuts to enjoy! But, there’s no reason to have to take a road trip just to enjoy this ridiculously delicious legume. Check out this recipe to bring the road-side stand flavor into your home.

Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanut

2 pounds green peanuts 3 jalapenos, sliced 1/2 cup kosher salt 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons Creole or cajun seasoning, 1 tablespoon garlic powder 10 cups water Instructions - Place peanuts in a 6-quart crock pot. Add jalapenos, salt, red pepper flakes, cajun seasoning, and garlic powder. Pour in approximately 10 cups of water. Cover and cook on LOW for 22 to 24 hours. You may need to add a little more water before they are finished cooking. Drain and serve warm or cold. By Spicy Southern Kitchen (Not a fan of the spicy flavor? Just eliminate the seasonings besides the salt and garlic powder. You may consider adding additional salt depending on your taste.)



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The Legacy of Anderson is an Independent Senior Living Community

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My Name is Deborah “Dee” Golden. I have been a native of Pickens county for over 40 years. I have been in the senior industry for almost 25 years and realized at a very young age that this what I was called to do. I have a passion for helping seniors out in the community. It is our job to be able to provide a safe and warm and welcoming environment to those seniors around us who just can’t make it out on their own any longer. That’s why I am very excited to start my new journey at The Legacy of Anderson. I have tried my hand at skilled nursing, memory care, and assisted living. I am looking forward to my journey with the independent living population in Anderson County. If you are ever around in the Anderson community and want to stop by The Legacy to see the gorgeous community and take a tour, please come by and enjoy the options of independent living. I look forward to meeting and getting to know the Anderson area.

Call The Legacy today to schedule a visit.


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CLUB OF GRE ATER AN DE RSON NTS THE 13 TH ANNUAL THANK YOU FOR HELPING US RAISE OVER 200,000 DOLLARS FOR LOCAL CHARITIES The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson gratefully acknowledges the role played by the following individuals, businesses and organizations in the phenomenal success on April 25 of Dancing for Our Heroes – Lucky 13!

Thanks to all our dance teams, each team was an excellent representative for their charities! Kristi King Brock and David Burriss AIM

Cira Traber and Dennis Adams Foothills Alliance

Addy Smith and Carter Knobel Anderson Arts Center

Kylie Herbert and Davis Bannister Habitat for Humanity

Vidal Despradel and Ashley Casey Anderson Free Clinic

Catherine Walker Zocchi and JP Stokes Hospice of the Upstate

Carla Glenn Parker and Luis Martinez Cancer Association of Anderson

Melanie Wagner and Chris Towe Meals on Wheels - Anderson

Mary Pat and Parker Smith Junior League of Anderson County Judges’ Choice Award

Ansley Cartee and Jeremy Caldwell AnMed Health Foundation People’s Choice Award

and Congratulations to our winners!

Platinum Sponsor: The Traber Family

Gold Sponsors: Anderson Magazine, Grainger Nissan, Ravinder Malik, Robert C. Williams, The Peoples Bank Silver Sponsors: Argo & Associates, Austin Pray Family Dentistry, Destination Hospitality, Palmetto Distillery, PIP Marketing Signs Print, Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill, S.M. Tuten, MBA, CPA, Wagner Wealth Management Bronze Food and Beverage Sponsors: Anderson County Master Gardeners, Danny and Audrey Bufkin, Ovid and Vicki Culler, Frances Vassen Garden Club, Joe and Marian Maxwell, Reed Concrete, Tom and Pam Roose, Westwind, Inc., Southern Endodontics, Sullivan-King Mortuary, Tri-County Technical College, Perry and Carolyn Voisin, Roylco Inc. Judges: Amy Coleman, Yvonne Conover, Cathy Golson and Mary Ann McBride

Mistress of Ceremonies: Carol Burdette • Decorations: Greg Hall & Company Catering: Skin Daddy’s BBQ • DJ: Ty Buchanan

Auction Donors: TTI, Kitchen Emporium, Ronnie Cole, Members of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson

Drink Donors: Carolina Beer Company, Scrooge’s Spirits, Sunny’s Liquor Store and Party Shop, and J.J. Stathakis’ Package Store, Walmart and Sam’s Club Others Who Helped: Meals on Wheels, Terry Gaines and the Civic Center of Anderson staff, T.L. Hanna Navy Junior ROTC Color Guard and Commander George Smith, Ronnie Cole Law Firm, Anderson School of Dance and Steppin’ Out Dance Studio, Carolina Superstars, The Creative Space, Stephanie Knisley, Megan Blanton, Lisa O’Kelley and Ashley Todd Come be a part of this vibrant club that places service above self and has a lot of fun in the process! For more information about membership in the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, contact Tammy Fiske at 864-276-9784.

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